Ohio State has another hole to fill offensively next season, as versatile All-American Curtis Samuel has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
Another Buckeye is leaving school for the NFL, and this might be the biggest loss of them all.
Versatile offensive threat Curtis Samuel announced Monday on Twitter that he is leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft. Samuel’s decision comes two days after wide receiver Noah Brown also declared his intentions to leave school early for the NFL.
— Curtis Samuel (@CurtisSamuel4__) January 9, 2017
Samuel was named an All-American as an all-purpose player after catching 74 passes for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 771 yards and eight touchdowns on 7.9 yards per carry rushing, making him one of the biggest dual threats in the country.
Samuel finishes his Ohio State career with 1,286 rushing yards, 1,249 yards receiving and 24 combined touchdowns in three seasons, helping the Buckeyes win the 2014 national championship as a true freshman and guiding them to a College Football Playoff appearance this past season.
Where he’ll wind up being selected in the NFL Draft remains to be seen, but he’s likely a Day 2 pick and shouldn’t go past the third round.
Samuel’s departure is yet another loss for the Buckeyes, who lost 31-0 to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan joined defensive backs Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley as early entrants from the defensive side of the ball.